The Face of the New Backup
Backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity have changed quite a bit over the years, and they will continue to change into the future as more capability, analytics, and functionality are added to the general family of data protection tools. As we launch ourselves into the clouds, we need to perhaps rethink how we do data protection, what tools are available for data protection, and how to use our older tools to accomplish the same goals. We need an integrated data protection plan that not only accounts for cloud or data center failures but also accounts for the need to run within the cloud. There is always the need to get your data there and back again.
Solving this problem has been an interesting quest for many. I have seen parts of it solved by many, but few have the entire picture covered. Here is an entire picture of a possible backup scenario:
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NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice Newsletter.